Love Project - Masumi

I wanna talk about the first time I felt really loved. For me, it’s more on a repetitive basis I feel like. I think it was when Chadsen and I were dating, maybe about a year into it. I actually came from a family that basically, to put it short, I don’t feel like I knew what it was to really be loved. It was just an extremely dysfunctional family, my parents divorced maybe a year after I got married, and my brother got deported. 

I wanna talk about the first time I felt really loved. For me, it’s more on a repetitive basis I feel like. I think it was when Chadsen and I were dating, maybe about a year into it. I actually came from a family that basically, to put it short, I don’t feel like I knew what it was to really be loved. It was just an extremely dysfunctional family, my parents divorced maybe a year after I got married, and my brother got deported. 

It was just a huge mess, and so when I met Chadsen, he was like the polar opposite of my parents. He was extremely loving from the very beginning, and I think the first time I felt really loved by him, it was a time when I was having a huge breakdown. I get a lot of anxiety, and I think it was a time where there was just so much chaos in my family.⠀

It was just a huge mess, and so when I met Chadsen, he was like the polar opposite of my parents. He was extremely loving from the very beginning, and I think the first time I felt really loved by him, it was a time when I was having a huge breakdown. I get a lot of anxiety, and I think it was a time where there was just so much chaos in my family.⠀

And my mind was nuts, I was just so emotionally unstable. I was angry, I was crying. I was getting anxiety attacks. I was constantly thinking, “He’s judging me, he’s judging me, I can’t control myself, I’m going nuts,” and I remember he hugged me, he just told me, “I accept you for how you are and I love you for that,” and it wasn’t just once like that, we’ve been married for about four and a half years and it’s just constantly repeating like that.

And my mind was nuts, I was just so emotionally unstable. I was angry, I was crying. I was getting anxiety attacks. I was constantly thinking, “He’s judging me, he’s judging me, I can’t control myself, I’m going nuts,” and I remember he hugged me, he just told me, “I accept you for how you are and I love you for that,” and it wasn’t just once like that, we’ve been married for about four and a half years and it’s just constantly repeating like that.

Yes, I still get my anxiety attacks and all these mood swings and I get nervous about everything, but he always encourages me to do what I want to pursue in life. There have been so many times where it’s literally just like that. He just takes me in his arms and says, 'I still love you, I love you how you are.'"⠀

Yes, I still get my anxiety attacks and all these mood swings and I get nervous about everything, but he always encourages me to do what I want to pursue in life. There have been so many times where it’s literally just like that. He just takes me in his arms and says, 'I still love you, I love you how you are.'"⠀

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Love Project - Andrew

So when I first started actually falling in love with Allie, I guess, we had talked quite a few times prior to that, but when it really ended up happening, I was in Alaska and she was in New York. For some reason, being that far apart made us realize what we were finally starting to realize about each other, and we texted back and forth every chance we got. 

So when I first started actually falling in love with Allie, I guess, we had talked quite a few times prior to that, but when it really ended up happening, I was in Alaska and she was in New York. For some reason, being that far apart made us realize what we were finally starting to realize about each other, and we texted back and forth every chance we got. 

I was on a cruise so I was in and out of service, but there was a time when we were talking that I ended up watching the sunset for the two of us. Obviously she wasn’t there to watch it so I was describing it to her.  I ended up buying a ring for her, not a wedding ring, but just a ring, and brought it back. 

I was on a cruise so I was in and out of service, but there was a time when we were talking that I ended up watching the sunset for the two of us. Obviously she wasn’t there to watch it so I was describing it to her.  I ended up buying a ring for her, not a wedding ring, but just a ring, and brought it back. 

I think it was within 24 hours after she got home, we ended up just going off and talking. We had a little spot near her house where we would go and it was the middle of a park in the grass. We were talking and that’s about when I realized that I’d fallen in love with her. I told her, and I kissed her, and it freaked her out a little bit because she wasn’t quite there yet. Between all of that and leading up to it, I knew I could love her prior to that, but right around then is when I figured out that I did.

I think it was within 24 hours after she got home, we ended up just going off and talking. We had a little spot near her house where we would go and it was the middle of a park in the grass. We were talking and that’s about when I realized that I’d fallen in love with her. I told her, and I kissed her, and it freaked her out a little bit because she wasn’t quite there yet. Between all of that and leading up to it, I knew I could love her prior to that, but right around then is when I figured out that I did.

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Love Project - Grady

There is a picture of me when I was about 3 years old.

There is a picture of me when I was about 3 years old.

I was in red corduroy overalls standing there with a puffed up chest and a really proud face. My mom was kneeling next to me and looking up at me. She looked so proud of me. I don't know what the story is behind the picture. I don't know what she was proud of or what I had done, but when I look at it I see a picture of my mom loving me.

I was in red corduroy overalls standing there with a puffed up chest and a really proud face. My mom was kneeling next to me and looking up at me. She looked so proud of me. I don't know what the story is behind the picture. I don't know what she was proud of or what I had done, but when I look at it I see a picture of my mom loving me.

It's a picture that, even thought I don't even remember the specific experience, I look at it and think I was a blessed kid. I had a mom that loved me so much. I felt like I was the most important thing in the world to her in that moment.

It's a picture that, even thought I don't even remember the specific experience, I look at it and think I was a blessed kid. I had a mom that loved me so much. I felt like I was the most important thing in the world to her in that moment.

That is one of my first memories of feeling loved, even though I don't remember that exact experience. Looking back at it, I can take that and see that I was so happy and so proud in that moment in that picture.

That is one of my first memories of feeling loved, even though I don't remember that exact experience. Looking back at it, I can take that and see that I was so happy and so proud in that moment in that picture.

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Love Project - Janae

When I first met Seth, I had just had a brain tumor. It was two weeks after I had the tumor removed. I was on this spiritual high. I felt really close to the Lord. When you come really close to death like that, you feel really connected to the afterlife and to your Creator. I had never really been blessed with a really strong connection to anyone, especially a member of the LDS church.

When I first met Seth, I had just had a brain tumor. It was two weeks after I had the tumor removed. I was on this spiritual high. I felt really close to the Lord. When you come really close to death like that, you feel really connected to the afterlife and to your Creator. I had never really been blessed with a really strong connection to anyone, especially a member of the LDS church.

When I came back to school, my roommate had a friend that had just come back from his mission. She wanted me to be her wingman, so I went with her to meet this guy. I thought I was just going to be a buffer for her and this guy, but I became completely smitten with this guy’s roommate. We went and got Oreo pizza. It was literally the first night I met him, and I knew immediately that I was going to marry him. He was so adorable. He had been home from his mission for 7 days. He was this soft spoken, sweet guy. He was telling me about his niece and nephew, and about teaching little kids how to swim when he was a lifeguard before his mission.

When I came back to school, my roommate had a friend that had just come back from his mission. She wanted me to be her wingman, so I went with her to meet this guy. I thought I was just going to be a buffer for her and this guy, but I became completely smitten with this guy’s roommate. We went and got Oreo pizza. It was literally the first night I met him, and I knew immediately that I was going to marry him. He was so adorable. He had been home from his mission for 7 days. He was this soft spoken, sweet guy. He was telling me about his niece and nephew, and about teaching little kids how to swim when he was a lifeguard before his mission.

I remember walking back from Domino's Pizza thinking, “Oh my gosh! I have to marry this boy! He is the most precious human I have ever met in my life!” Three years later, we finally got married. It was really endearing and sweet, and I was smitten.

I remember walking back from Domino's Pizza thinking, “Oh my gosh! I have to marry this boy! He is the most precious human I have ever met in my life!” Three years later, we finally got married. It was really endearing and sweet, and I was smitten.

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Love Project - Marisa

I immediately thought of when I was in Jicin, which is a city in the Czech Republic. It was spring, and I had been working in the city for a while. I had been serving there for 4 months.

I immediately thought of when I was in Jicin, which is a city in the Czech Republic. It was spring, and I had been working in the city for a while. I had been serving there for 4 months.

I had just recently been feeling pretty depressed about a letter that I had gotten from home that didn't really make sense - it was vague and not clear. I prayed and felt peace and so much love.

I had just recently been feeling pretty depressed about a letter that I had gotten from home that didn't really make sense - it was vague and not clear. I prayed and felt peace and so much love.

After that, everyday I was in the city, and when I was out in the country, I would feel so much love.

After that, everyday I was in the city, and when I was out in the country, I would feel so much love.

I would go on these buses between Jicin and two other cities and I would look out the window and see fields and fields of sunflowers and I would feel so much love. I would go a different way and see these gigantic, vast fields of poppies and feel so much love.

I would go on these buses between Jicin and two other cities and I would look out the window and see fields and fields of sunflowers and I would feel so much love. I would go a different way and see these gigantic, vast fields of poppies and feel so much love.

It was kind of indescribable. With every small beauty of the earth around me, I could feel God lifting me up in love to overcome these feelings of confusion, depression, and disappointment that had recently come from reading that letter.

It was kind of indescribable. With every small beauty of the earth around me, I could feel God lifting me up in love to overcome these feelings of confusion, depression, and disappointment that had recently come from reading that letter.

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Love Project - Kymber

I first met my husband in high school, in our junior year. The first time I saw him, I knew there was something special about him. Like any high school girl, I was nervous and totally afraid of the cute boys two rows over.

I first met my husband in high school, in our junior year. The first time I saw him, I knew there was something special about him. Like any high school girl, I was nervous and totally afraid of the cute boys two rows over.

We were in class together a semester and a half, and then it came time for the Sadie Hawkins dance. I had planned on asking another boy in our class, and I put together this big way to ask him during class. My teacher was in on it and it was this big deal.

We were in class together a semester and a half, and then it came time for the Sadie Hawkins dance. I had planned on asking another boy in our class, and I put together this big way to ask him during class. My teacher was in on it and it was this big deal.

The day before I set to ask him, I stayed after class to talk to my teacher to make sure everything was good to go. All of the sudden, I this feeling that maybe I should ask Michael Rudd to the Sadie Hawkins dance instead of Kyler. Before I could even totally think the thought through, the words were coming out of my mouth, and as soon as the words were coming out of my mouth, I was trying to shovel them back in. He was this cute boy that I had a big fat crush on and there was no way he would go to the dance with me.

The day before I set to ask him, I stayed after class to talk to my teacher to make sure everything was good to go. All of the sudden, I this feeling that maybe I should ask Michael Rudd to the Sadie Hawkins dance instead of Kyler. Before I could even totally think the thought through, the words were coming out of my mouth, and as soon as the words were coming out of my mouth, I was trying to shovel them back in. He was this cute boy that I had a big fat crush on and there was no way he would go to the dance with me.

We left it at my teacher was going to put together the whole way I was going to ask Michael Rudd to go to the dance with me and I had no idea how it was going to happen. The thought of asking Michael Rudd to Sadie Hawkins was so stressful. I showed up to class the next day, and like I said, I had no idea how it was going to happen or how it was going to go down, but it happened.

We left it at my teacher was going to put together the whole way I was going to ask Michael Rudd to go to the dance with me and I had no idea how it was going to happen. The thought of asking Michael Rudd to Sadie Hawkins was so stressful. I showed up to class the next day, and like I said, I had no idea how it was going to happen or how it was going to go down, but it happened.

We were doing a PowerPoint to memorize scriptures, it was in Seminary, and the teacher clicked to the next slide and it wasn't scripture mastery. It said, "Michael Rudd, will you go to Sadie Hawkins with me? Love, Your Biggest Fan." I wanted to melt into my seat. This was real life, this was happening, and there was no way backing out now.

We were doing a PowerPoint to memorize scriptures, it was in Seminary, and the teacher clicked to the next slide and it wasn't scripture mastery. It said, "Michael Rudd, will you go to Sadie Hawkins with me? Love, Your Biggest Fan." I wanted to melt into my seat. This was real life, this was happening, and there was no way backing out now.

He ended up finding my name on the ceiling fan above me. We went to the dance and the rest is history. He has loved me better than anyone could ever love me ever since.

He ended up finding my name on the ceiling fan above me. We went to the dance and the rest is history. He has loved me better than anyone could ever love me ever since.

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Love Project - Michael Rudd

I really felt loved, especially by my wife, a few months ago. I was going through a difficult time in my life where I was really struggling health-wise.

I really felt loved, especially by my wife, a few months ago. I was going through a difficult time in my life where I was really struggling health-wise.

I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what my plans were. We were going to Disneyland. It's 6 hours to Disneyland from Arizona, so for the whole trip there, I was sick to my stomach about how I felt about my self.

I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know what my plans were. We were going to Disneyland. It's 6 hours to Disneyland from Arizona, so for the whole trip there, I was sick to my stomach about how I felt about my self.

And that continued over the next few days, which if you know my wife's love for Disneyland, it could have pretty much ruined the trip for her.

And that continued over the next few days, which if you know my wife's love for Disneyland, it could have pretty much ruined the trip for her.

Just throughout that time I felt her love and support for me. We didn't ride any rides, we just sat down and talked about how I felt.

Just throughout that time I felt her love and support for me. We didn't ride any rides, we just sat down and talked about how I felt.

We where at her happy place, a place where she would spend everyday if she could, and she took the time to care about me and my feeling instead of just enjoying herself.

We where at her happy place, a place where she would spend everyday if she could, and she took the time to care about me and my feeling instead of just enjoying herself.

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Love Project - Elise

The first time I felt really loved by my spouse was before we got married. There was one night when I was super busy and we had just started dating.

The first time I felt really loved by my spouse was before we got married. There was one night when I was super busy and we had just started dating.

I told him that we probably couldn't hang out that night and he wanted to hang out with me anyway. He asked, "Can I just come over and watch you eat? Can I just come for 10 minutes? I don't care how long it is. Can I come see you?"

I told him that we probably couldn't hang out that night and he wanted to hang out with me anyway. He asked, "Can I just come over and watch you eat? Can I just come for 10 minutes? I don't care how long it is. Can I come see you?"

In that moment I thought,  "He is different than everyone else. He actually wants to spend time with me. He really, really cares about me."

In that moment I thought,  "He is different than everyone else. He actually wants to spend time with me. He really, really cares about me."

From then on, everything was just as easy as that and I always felt that love.

From then on, everything was just as easy as that and I always felt that love.

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Love Project - Camille

A time I felt really loved was actually the first time Jacob asked me to date him exclusively. I had come from a lot of abuse, past conflict, and issues. I didn't think I believed in love and relationships again.

A time I felt really loved was actually the first time Jacob asked me to date him exclusively. I had come from a lot of abuse, past conflict, and issues. I didn't think I believed in love and relationships again.

He insisted that we go out for frozen yogurt after I got out of a really late class. We had gotten touchy-feely for the first time the night before, and we had been friends for so long that I thought he was going to tell me off. Instead, when we met up, he said "Hey we got touchy-feely last night. I just wanted to talk about it tonight. Are you ready to date exclusively?" I said 'okay,' but it wasn't quite okay.

He insisted that we go out for frozen yogurt after I got out of a really late class. We had gotten touchy-feely for the first time the night before, and we had been friends for so long that I thought he was going to tell me off. Instead, when we met up, he said "Hey we got touchy-feely last night. I just wanted to talk about it tonight. Are you ready to date exclusively?" I said 'okay,' but it wasn't quite okay.

I hadn't opened up about how I had been abused, divorced, really mistreated. I had a lot of baggage and scars and I didn't really know if I believed in love again. I went through all of it (He now refers to this as the 2 hours I tried to talk him out of dating me.). I just sat there crying and sharing all the deep dark secrets. He just sat there, put his arms around me and just listened. When I was done I said "So that's why you don't want to date me."

I hadn't opened up about how I had been abused, divorced, really mistreated. I had a lot of baggage and scars and I didn't really know if I believed in love again. I went through all of it (He now refers to this as the 2 hours I tried to talk him out of dating me.). I just sat there crying and sharing all the deep dark secrets. He just sat there, put his arms around me and just listened. When I was done I said "So that's why you don't want to date me."

He just gave me a hug and said, "Ok. You didn't answer my question. Do you want to date exclusively?" I said, "You don't care about all of that stuff?!"

He just gave me a hug and said, "Ok. You didn't answer my question. Do you want to date exclusively?" I said, "You don't care about all of that stuff?!"

And he said, " My dad's been divorced and remarried. Everyone told my mom not to marry him, and they are so happy and have 10 kids together. My best friend married an older woman with 2 kids, and everyone said that was a bad idea, and they are super happy. I've learned that love isn't defined by past experiences. So there you go. I don't care. Do you want to date exclusively?" Ever since then, I've known what kind of person he is.

And he said, " My dad's been divorced and remarried. Everyone told my mom not to marry him, and they are so happy and have 10 kids together. My best friend married an older woman with 2 kids, and everyone said that was a bad idea, and they are super happy. I've learned that love isn't defined by past experiences. So there you go. I don't care. Do you want to date exclusively?" Ever since then, I've known what kind of person he is.

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Love Project - Jacob

We were are at Camille's parents' house. We decided to have a date night there. I think we made dinner, she would probably know better than me because she always remembers those details.

We were are at Camille's parents' house. We decided to have a date night there. I think we made dinner, she would probably know better than me because she always remembers those details.

After that, we built a fort out of couch cushions and blankets. We turned on '500 Days of Summer,' which is a really mushy movie, and watched it in the couch cushion fort.    

After that, we built a fort out of couch cushions and blankets. We turned on '500 Days of Summer,' which is a really mushy movie, and watched it in the couch cushion fort.
 

It was a perfect moment to look her in the eyes and say "I love you."

It was a perfect moment to look her in the eyes and say "I love you."

She looked back at me and said "I love you, too."

She looked back at me and said "I love you, too."

And it just went downhill from there, or uphill, if that is what you think means good.

And it just went downhill from there, or uphill, if that is what you think means good.

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Love Project - EB

Jackie and I met a long time ago when my family made the move from Oregon to Arizona. I don't recall the specifics of our first encounter, but it was obvious she was a hot shot and a force to be reckoned. She had a contagious laugh and a smile to melt your heart. In a subtle way, she lead the pack and rolled through life with ease. 

Jackie and I met a long time ago when my family made the move from Oregon to Arizona. I don't recall the specifics of our first encounter, but it was obvious she was a hot shot and a force to be reckoned. She had a contagious laugh and a smile to melt your heart. In a subtle way, she lead the pack and rolled through life with ease. 

Rumors circled that she liked me and I liked her. It remains a mystery why she picked me over the line of guys at her door. Jackie is a heart breaker and always will be. Lucky for me, she chose to take--instead of break--mine. As the years flew our love grew, and the rest is water under the bridge.

Rumors circled that she liked me and I liked her. It remains a mystery why she picked me over the line of guys at her door. Jackie is a heart breaker and always will be. Lucky for me, she chose to take--instead of break--mine. As the years flew our love grew, and the rest is water under the bridge.

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Love Project - Jacquie

I fell in love with Jake so quickly and so easily. We actually first met in a roundabout way online and spent the first month getting to know each other over the phone, but I kind of knew I already loved him then, before we had even met in person.

I fell in love with Jake so quickly and so easily. We actually first met in a roundabout way online and spent the first month getting to know each other over the phone, but I kind of knew I already loved him then, before we had even met in person.

What solidified that I most definitely did love him though, was when he took me with him on an annual hunting/camping trip that he and his grandpa did every Labor Day.

What solidified that I most definitely did love him though, was when he took me with him on an annual hunting/camping trip that he and his grandpa did every Labor Day.

We were about 2 or 3 months into our relationship, and I think we both already knew we loved each other but neither of us had said it yet. The trip started with an 8-plus hour drive, which was so fun because it gave us hours upon hours to just be together and talk and learn more about each other. We had a good time listening to music and sharing our favorites with each other too.

We were about 2 or 3 months into our relationship, and I think we both already knew we loved each other but neither of us had said it yet. The trip started with an 8-plus hour drive, which was so fun because it gave us hours upon hours to just be together and talk and learn more about each other. We had a good time listening to music and sharing our favorites with each other too.

Camping with him, his grandpa, uncle, and cousin showed a side of him that I hadn't yet seen. He was totally in his element and he knew so much about the mountains and the hunt, and seeing him be so happy and passionate about something was endearing. The fresh air, pretty views, campfires, and watching him chop wood helped too. It was the first time we had had several days without real life, or even cell service, to get in the way of us getting to know each other.

Camping with him, his grandpa, uncle, and cousin showed a side of him that I hadn't yet seen. He was totally in his element and he knew so much about the mountains and the hunt, and seeing him be so happy and passionate about something was endearing. The fresh air, pretty views, campfires, and watching him chop wood helped too. It was the first time we had had several days without real life, or even cell service, to get in the way of us getting to know each other.

After that trip, I had a lot more clarity about where I saw our relationship going. It was only two weeks later that he told me he loved me, and of course I said it back! 8.5 months later, we were married.

After that trip, I had a lot more clarity about where I saw our relationship going. It was only two weeks later that he told me he loved me, and of course I said it back! 8.5 months later, we were married.

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Love Project - Ali

When I fell in love with Andrew, we had been dating for about 6 months. It was before his mission. It was Christmas, which is my favorite. 

When I fell in love with Andrew, we had been dating for about 6 months. It was before his mission. It was Christmas, which is my favorite. 

We were sitting down talking. I had given him a watch and he   brought out a Swarovski crystal Forget-Me-Not bouquet.   I had been telling him for months that his eyes reminded me of Forget-Me-Not flowers, because they were the same color.

We were sitting down talking. I had given him a watch and he brought out a Swarovski crystal Forget-Me-Not bouquet. I had been telling him for months that his eyes reminded me of Forget-Me-Not flowers, because they were the same color.

And I thought, "Oh my gosh! He remembered that little itty bitty detail that I said." That was when I knew that I was probably done and that he was probably the one. 

And I thought, "Oh my gosh! He remembered that little itty bitty detail that I said." That was when I knew that I was probably done and that he was probably the one. 

He had already said "I love you", and I had never said it before. When he handed me those flowers, I turned to him and said "I love you, too." That was all I said.

He had already said "I love you", and I had never said it before. When he handed me those flowers, I turned to him and said "I love you, too." That was all I said.

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Welcome to the Love Project. I give someone 3 prompts to choose from (all relating to love), they answer one prompt, and I photograph them (with b&w film) while they answer. Come back every week for a new story of love. If you would like to participate in this project, and I really hope you do, then email me at photographyhill@gmail.com to set something up.

Love Project - Holly

Welcome to the Love Project. I give someone 3 prompts to choose from (all relating to love), they answer one prompt, and I photograph them (with b&w film) while they answer. Come back every week for a new story of love.

David & I met at a really unique time in our lives and when we began to date it became so apparent to me that every road & experience in our lives had led us up to that point.

David & I met at a really unique time in our lives and when we began to date it became so apparent to me that every road & experience in our lives had led us up to that point.

It felt like the universe conspired to bring us together at a time when we needed each other. I was suffering from crippling anxiety, he was getting over a bad breakup. 

It felt like the universe conspired to bring us together at a time when we needed each other. I was suffering from crippling anxiety, he was getting over a bad breakup. 

The stories of our lives were so different, yet seemed to fit together as if it had all been planned. As we shared these stories with each other, I felt something I had never experienced with any other person. 

The stories of our lives were so different, yet seemed to fit together as if it had all been planned. As we shared these stories with each other, I felt something I had never experienced with any other person. 

Being with David meant being home. Being with him felt as if all of my fears and anxieties disappeared, and what was left of me was cradled in the arms of someone who loves me unconditionally.   There was such a sense of relief. The comfort and ease I felt was indescribable. 

Being with David meant being home. Being with him felt as if all of my fears and anxieties disappeared, and what was left of me was cradled in the arms of someone who loves me unconditionally. There was such a sense of relief. The comfort and ease I felt was indescribable. 

Looking back to that time in my life, I don't remember details so much as I remember the feeling: I had found someone that not only was adorable & lovable, but he loved and adored me-- every broken & beautiful piece of me, and carefully put me back together in a way I never could have expected.

Looking back to that time in my life, I don't remember details so much as I remember the feeling: I had found someone that not only was adorable & lovable, but he loved and adored me-- every broken & beautiful piece of me, and carefully put me back together in a way I never could have expected.

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Love Project - Chrissy

Welcome to the Love Project. I give someone 3 prompts to choose from (all relating to love), they answer one prompt, and I photograph them (with b&w film) while they answer. Come back every week for a new story of love.

We had been dating for not very long. It was probably our 3rd or 4th date. We went to the fair. I love the fair so, so, so much! We got funnel cake, ate all the things, and played games. It was the best date ever! We talked so much, and he is not a talker, at all. 

We had been dating for not very long. It was probably our 3rd or 4th date. We went to the fair. I love the fair so, so, so much! We got funnel cake, ate all the things, and played games. It was the best date ever! We talked so much, and he is not a talker, at all. 

At the moment that I knew, it was so clear that I was in love with him. 

At the moment that I knew, it was so clear that I was in love with him. 

We were on top of the sky ride, he put his arm around me, the sun was setting, we were above the fair, he squeezed me tight, and it was the best thing in the whole world. 

We were on top of the sky ride, he put his arm around me, the sun was setting, we were above the fair, he squeezed me tight, and it was the best thing in the whole world. 

There wasn't anything significant about the moment, but it was just perfect and wonderful. It was just the feeling of being safe. It was so good. And that is when I knew.

There wasn't anything significant about the moment, but it was just perfect and wonderful. It was just the feeling of being safe. It was so good. And that is when I knew.

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Love Project - Siri

Welcome to the Love Project. I give someone 3 prompts to choose from (all relating to love), they answer one prompt, and I photograph them (with b&w film) while they answer. Come back every week for a new story of love.

I would say that I have always felt a lot of love for a lot of people, but the first time I fell in love was when I was 12 years old.

I would say that I have always felt a lot of love for a lot of people, but the first time I fell in love was when I was 12 years old.

I remember being woken up really early in the morning and running downstairs to get in the car with my parents to go to the hospital for my little brother to be born. I knew how babies were born, but I had always been scared of the idea of having a baby.

I remember being woken up really early in the morning and running downstairs to get in the car with my parents to go to the hospital for my little brother to be born. I knew how babies were born, but I had always been scared of the idea of having a baby.

But when the doctor looked at me after my mom had my baby brother and said "I bet you don't want to have any kids now, right?" I said "No, actually, I want to have kids now!" because I fell in love with him the minute that I saw him. 

But when the doctor looked at me after my mom had my baby brother and said "I bet you don't want to have any kids now, right?" I said "No, actually, I want to have kids now!" because I fell in love with him the minute that I saw him. 

I just couldn't believe how strong my mom was for what she had just done and that she had done it for all of us. When I held him, while I had always loved all of my siblings, that was the first time I knew I had fallen in love.

I just couldn't believe how strong my mom was for what she had just done and that she had done it for all of us. When I held him, while I had always loved all of my siblings, that was the first time I knew I had fallen in love.

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Love Project - Cortney

Welcome to the Love Project. I give someone 3 prompts to choose from (all relating to love), they answer the prompt, and I photograph them (with b&w film) while the answer. Come back every week for a new story of love.

When we got married, I felt very loved by Tyson.  When I was pregnant, and especially giving birth, I felt very loved.  He kept telling me to calm down, focus, and breathe even as I was standing on the bed with contractions yelling at him.  

When we got married, I felt very loved by Tyson.  When I was pregnant, and especially giving birth, I felt very loved.  He kept telling me to calm down, focus, and breathe even as I was standing on the bed with contractions yelling at him.  

As things get busy, he tells me little jokes and continues to love me even when I am impatient and frustrated or scared or sad or nervous.

As things get busy, he tells me little jokes and continues to love me even when I am impatient and frustrated or scared or sad or nervous.

The fact that he supported me through the death of my mother when everything else seemed to fall apart, including me, tells me that he loves me. In almost all things great and small, I feel loved. Every day in one way, shape, or form, I feel loved and very blessed.

The fact that he supported me through the death of my mother when everything else seemed to fall apart, including me, tells me that he loves me. In almost all things great and small, I feel loved. Every day in one way, shape, or form, I feel loved and very blessed.

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Love Project - Jen

Welcome to the Love Project. I give someone 3 prompts to choose from (all relating to love), they answer the prompt, and I photograph them (with b&w film) while the answer. Come back every week for a new story of love.

When I first moved back to Arizona, I just wanted to make friends. I had recently gone through an ugly breakup and was uninterested in dating. Then I saw David across the room. My first thought was, "Yeah. I would date that boy."

When I first moved back to Arizona, I just wanted to make friends. I had recently gone through an ugly breakup and was uninterested in dating. Then I saw David across the room. My first thought was, "Yeah. I would date that boy."

About a month later he asked me out. I didn't even realize it was a date until about halfway through the evening. Once it dawned on me, though, I felt like an idiot...but an excited idiot because he was cute and I liked him and I was pretty sure he liked me too.

About a month later he asked me out. I didn't even realize it was a date until about halfway through the evening. Once it dawned on me, though, I felt like an idiot...but an excited idiot because he was cute and I liked him and I was pretty sure he liked me too.

The next day was Halloween, and he called to invite me to a party his sister was hosting that night. Obviously I said I would come. I was nervous, since I'd already met his mom (he was living at home at the time) and would now be meeting his older sister and her husband. It seemed like a lot of pressure. But I liked him and was willing to feel awkward for a couple hours so I could spend an evening with him.

The next day was Halloween, and he called to invite me to a party his sister was hosting that night. Obviously I said I would come. I was nervous, since I'd already met his mom (he was living at home at the time) and would now be meeting his older sister and her husband. It seemed like a lot of pressure. But I liked him and was willing to feel awkward for a couple hours so I could spend an evening with him.

When he picked me up, he was driving a tiny old beat-up truck and listening to Blackstreet's "No Diggity." He made no move to change it either, which was totally fine with me because that song is fantastic. Not once did he apologize for his vehicle, his music choice, the fact that we'd be hanging out with his family on our second date...any of it. I had to laugh because it was so refreshing! He was comfortable with who he was, wasn't going to change in order to "impress" me, and apparently I could either take it or leave it.

When he picked me up, he was driving a tiny old beat-up truck and listening to Blackstreet's "No Diggity." He made no move to change it either, which was totally fine with me because that song is fantastic. Not once did he apologize for his vehicle, his music choice, the fact that we'd be hanging out with his family on our second date...any of it. I had to laugh because it was so refreshing! He was comfortable with who he was, wasn't going to change in order to "impress" me, and apparently I could either take it or leave it.

I know it's ridiculous that that was the moment I knew I loved him, but it's true. There was something about his combination of confidence, humility, honesty, family commitment, and delightful quirkiness that completely won me over. I never looked back. We were married less than a year later.    He still really likes Halloween and 90's hip-hop/R&B. I still really like him.    

I know it's ridiculous that that was the moment I knew I loved him, but it's true. There was something about his combination of confidence, humility, honesty, family commitment, and delightful quirkiness that completely won me over. I never looked back. We were married less than a year later.

He still really likes Halloween and 90's hip-hop/R&B. I still really like him. 

 

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Love Project - Beverly

Welcome to the Love Project. I give someone 3 prompts to choose from (all relating to love), they answer the prompt, and I photograph them (with b&w film) while the answer. Come back every week for a new story of love.

I obviously fell in love with Ryan before I married him, but I fell more in love with him when Gwen was born. I felt more like 'Wow this is an awesome person that I just had a baby with!' And I probably felt that way because he was serving us and one of my love languages is service.

I obviously fell in love with Ryan before I married him, but I fell more in love with him when Gwen was born. I felt more like 'Wow this is an awesome person that I just had a baby with!' And I probably felt that way because he was serving us and one of my love languages is service.

I'd just had a baby, so I was stuck in bed nursing and everything. He made food and helped out in any way that he could. I was healing from stitches down there, healing from birth, and I just felt so happy.

I'd just had a baby, so I was stuck in bed nursing and everything. He made food and helped out in any way that he could. I was healing from stitches down there, healing from birth, and I just felt so happy.

He became 100 times more attractive within that first week. Because Gwen came a week early and no one was in town to help us, it was just the 3 of us. I really cherish that time. It was really nice.

He became 100 times more attractive within that first week. Because Gwen came a week early and no one was in town to help us, it was just the 3 of us. I really cherish that time. It was really nice.

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Love Project - Jaclyn

Welcome to the Love Project. I give someone 3 prompts to choose from (all relating to love), they answer the prompt, and I photograph them (with b&w film) while the answer. Come back every week for a new story of love.

I think most people wouldn't expect anything to come from a crush you have when you're 11 years old, but that was exactly how old I was when I met my husband. His family had moved into the neighborhood next to ours and started attending the same church that my family went to. The first time I saw him, I immediately fell in love! I can't explain what it was that drew me (this awkward preteen who was painfully shy) to him, but I was head over heels for this kid.

I think most people wouldn't expect anything to come from a crush you have when you're 11 years old, but that was exactly how old I was when I met my husband. His family had moved into the neighborhood next to ours and started attending the same church that my family went to. The first time I saw him, I immediately fell in love! I can't explain what it was that drew me (this awkward preteen who was painfully shy) to him, but I was head over heels for this kid.

As we grew older we became friends who would occasionally hang out and go on bike rides together, but we were never more than friends. We went on a handful of dates as well, but never seriously dated each other. Both of us had other friends that we spent most of our time with and even dated other people, but my feelings for him remained. The worst part was that EVERYONE else (including our families) knew how I felt. We finally graduated high school and he left on a church mission for 2 years. We emailed back and forth weekly while he was away, but how I felt never came up because I knew nothing could come from that confession since we were in different countries.

As we grew older we became friends who would occasionally hang out and go on bike rides together, but we were never more than friends. We went on a handful of dates as well, but never seriously dated each other. Both of us had other friends that we spent most of our time with and even dated other people, but my feelings for him remained. The worst part was that EVERYONE else (including our families) knew how I felt. We finally graduated high school and he left on a church mission for 2 years. We emailed back and forth weekly while he was away, but how I felt never came up because I knew nothing could come from that confession since we were in different countries.

After 2 years of not seeing each other, it was FINALLY time for him to come home. I awkwardly showed up at the airport with his family to welcome him home, and tried to stay out of the way. We talked for a little bit back at his parents house and made plans to get together. We saw each other every single day after that. We began dating and that shy little 11 year old girl's dreams finally came true! Once our feelings were finally out in the open, we realized that we had felt the same way for each other all this time but had just both been too shy to admit it. Something kept drawing us together all those years, and I just knew somehow it would work out. Now married for almost 7 years, he is still my first and only love.

After 2 years of not seeing each other, it was FINALLY time for him to come home. I awkwardly showed up at the airport with his family to welcome him home, and tried to stay out of the way. We talked for a little bit back at his parents house and made plans to get together. We saw each other every single day after that. We began dating and that shy little 11 year old girl's dreams finally came true! Once our feelings were finally out in the open, we realized that we had felt the same way for each other all this time but had just both been too shy to admit it. Something kept drawing us together all those years, and I just knew somehow it would work out. Now married for almost 7 years, he is still my first and only love.

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